The Premier League can be a cruel place for struggling managers and the first to get sacked is a great market to get in on early with some interesting prices!
The Premier League season is now nearing the end with just ten games remaining and pressure is mounting on teams and managers. Owners of Premier League clubs aren’t renowned for being the most patient and if a team isn’t doing well, they will make changes.
Last season, there were seven sackings in total. Javi Garcia was the first of which to lose his job at Watford, on September 7th. Watford were rock bottom at the time and needed a change after just five weeks. It didn’t help them though as they went on to have four different managers over the year and were still relegated.
This season, we have had two sackings in the Premier League with Slaven Bili and Frank Lampard both losing their jobs. Chelsea are playing much better for it, whereas West Brom still look set for the drop.
Sacking managers is an expensive task and clubs need to be sure things need to change before, or that they don’t have a long contract left and sacking them won’t break the bank! Hopefully, none will be handed as badly as Brighton when they sacked Gus Poyet!
Premier League Sack Race 2020/21 Odds (Betfair)
Steve Bruce – 7/4
There is a huge amount of pressure on the Newcastle manager at the moment. He was backed again in the summer bringing in Calum Wilson and Ryan Fraser, but both have been unlucky with injuries. This season has been a poor one and now Newcastle are in a relegation fight. They find themselves just one point above the bottom three, with their main forwards out injured for a while.
A lot of the Newcastle fans didn’t want Bruce in from the start. Fans are again calling for him to be sacked and someone new to be brought in to ensure they stay up. It won’t help his cause that someone released to the press last week about a bust-up between him and Matt Richie, suggesting he is losing the changing room.
No Manager To Leave – 11/4
This is one we think has got serious potential. Clubs would only really sack a manager at this point in the season if they wanted to try and save a team from relegation. The clubs fighting for survival, bar Newcastle, are Fulham, Brighton and Burnley. All the managers of these clubs are backed by the majority of their fans and you can see they are trying to do something and have a style of play.
On top of this, sacking a manager is a complex and costly process. Doing so after the season is better as it provides clubs more time to interview and choose the right candidate as well as assessing where they are and where they want to go the following season.
Jurgen Klopp – 4/1
Once again the headlines are about Klopp and his future at Liverpool. His side has put together one of the worst title defences in history, as they sit eighth in the table, 24 points off of City at the top. Liverpool were unbeaten in 68 league games at Anfield and how now somehow lost the last six games played there.
Fans don’t want him to go and he himself has said he doesn’t want to go. However, Premier League football is a business and if he isn’t bringing in the right results and working well, the decision may be out of his hands.
Roy Hodgson – 11/2
With Palace in 13th place in the Premier League, it’s not a particularly bad season but not a great one either so far. When you look at their results though, they have just one win in their last six. They are just eight points above the bottom three, they should have enough but who knows with the Premier League.
With Hodgson as a manager, they don’t seem to be going anywhere really. The side are very reliant on Zaha and without him, they struggle. Hodgson is coming near to retirement soon and if the right manager became available, Palace may think about parting ways.